Search and Rescue Course

Helvellyn, Lake District, UK

21 October 2024 08:00 - 24 October 2024 17:00

GBP £1,395.00

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Are you ready to push your boundaries and hone your skills in the realm of search and rescue? Prepare for a four-day journey into the heart of search and rescue expertise, where theory meets reality amidst the rugged landscapes of the Lake District.

From mastering swift water rescues to executing precision crag rescues, our team of seasoned SAR professionals will impart invaluable knowledge designed to elevate your expeditionary skillset:

➕ Techniques for managing casualties in diverse environments, from rivers to mountain tops.
➕ Essential medical care in remote settings, bridging the gap between wilderness and clinic.
➕ Mastery of navigation and communication strategies crucial for successful SAR missions.

Take home not only enhanced SAR capabilities but also invaluable leadership and teamwork skills applicable in any emergency scenario, whether scaling mountains or navigating hospital wards.

Sign-up now for just a £500 deposit.

What To Expect

From winding rivers to lofty mountain peaks, grasp the essential principles of search and rescue, spanning both technical maneuvers and medical interventions. Witness theory seamlessly translate into action through immersive technical rescue sessions and lifelike medical simulations.

At the core of SAR team skills lie enhanced outcomes, innovative strategies, and peak performance—attributes that transcend the bounds of search and rescue, enriching clinical and hospital settings alike.

Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring peaks of the Lake District, Helvellyn stands tall, beckoning adventurers to its slopes. Our basecamp, perched 963 feet above ground, serves as the perfect launchpad for your learning.

Our faculty will imprint their hard-won knowledge into you over an intense four days of hands-on search and rescue training:

  • Overview of Search & Rescue
  • Medical Care in Remote Settings
  • Communications
  • Navigation
  • Personal Equipment in SAR
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Managing Casualties in Water
  • Search & Rescue Equipment
  • Search & Rescue Techniques
  • Technical Ground Casualty Management
  • Crag Rescue
  • Casualty Packaging and Extrication
  • Primary Survey
  • Managing Trauma in the Mountains
  • Rescue Scenarios

Whether you’re interested in the work of Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, looking to broaden your expedition skillset, or simply want to be better equipped for emergencies at the crag or mountainside, this search and rescue course has something for you.

Key Facts

Is this course right for you?

This course is perfect for healthcare professionals and students interested in applying their clinical knowledge and skills to expedition and adventure settings.

We also welcome those with an expedition or mountain background who have existing wilderness or advanced first aid training and are eager to develop their skillset further.

You need:

  • Basic navigation skills
  • A good level of fitness
  • Basic knowledge of expedition planning

CPD Value:

  • We estimate 20 hours CPD will be awarded for the completed course by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

What’s included:

  • Tutoring, accommodation and meals
  • Safety equipment

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Travel insurance (for international travellers)
  • Personal equipment
  • Additional drinks and food purchased from the bar

Hear From Past Search & Rescue Attendees

What went well on your Search & Rescue course?

“Engaging, plenty of opportunity for practice and questions, approachable instructors.”

“Well structured: starting from basics to ending with all skills put together, great faculty/mountain rescue volunteers.”

“Everything. Honestly a top grade course with outstanding staff. I learnt so much I’m hoping to take skills back with me to the road.”

What was the single most valuable thing you learnt from your Search & Rescue course?

“I learnt a lot about human factors and how being in an austere environment can massively effect how you think.”

“The importance of planning to avoid wasting resources and clear team communication.”

“That I am capable – thank you.”

Your Safety & Kit List Preparation

The comprehensive curriculum and field scenarios are carefully designed to push your limits while mitigating risks.

We take every precaution to keep participants safe by:

  • Rigorous gear checks before all expedition days
  • Mandatory evacuation insurance policies
  • Close coordination with local emergency responders

Kit List
Unpredictable weather is common in the UK meaning poor kit preparation can be dangerous and could preclude you from activities. You will be outside for at least 4 hours each day, so please make sure to review our Search & Rescue Kit List before arriving.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

From A590 take the A591 and A592 into Greenside Road. Helvellyn YHA is signposted from Glenridding village, one mile past the Traveller’s Rest. Further directions can be found here. We highly recommend arriving the day before the course.  You can book additional B&B accommodation for the Sunday night by emailing [email protected]

When making travel plans, we find Rome2Rio a super helpful site. Here you can discover various door-to-door travel options both internationally and from within the UK.

Talk To Our Team

If you wish to learn more or have any additional questions, we invite you to book a 30-minute discovery call with our team.

→ Click here to book a discovery call.

The call will be with the team who organise our courses, and work closely with our medical teaching faculty. They are best placed to really explain what our attendees get out of attending a course with us.

Register for a time that suits, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

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